As domestic funds program associate, Laura Grantham supports CDP’s domestic grantmaking in partnership with organizations addressing disaster recovery needs throughout U.S. and the U.S. territories. In her role, she assists with data collection and analysis, grant processing, the administrative functions of grantmaking, and lifting up the voices of the communities served by our grantmaking through impact storytelling.
A lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast and hailing from Lake Charles, Louisiana, which the Weather Channel has called “the most weather-battered city” in the mainland U.S., Laura is no stranger to disasters – and to the barriers and preexisting conditions that disadvantaged communities face that cause protracted recovery periods and even permanent displacement and trauma. Laura brings years of experience “in the trenches” to her role at CDP, with past volunteer and professional roles rendering direct services to migrant and asylum-seeking families and individuals, persons in immigration detention, folks who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing conditions, and homeowners from disenfranchised communities who need assistance repairing or rehabilitating their homes after a disaster.
Before entering the human services field, Laura was social media and brand manager for six years for a juvenile durable goods brand focused on creating sustainably produced reusable products for infants and toddlers. She gained networking, communications, research and market analysis skills that have translated directly into her work in the helping professions.
Laura is a mother to five wonderful and wildly different children. On weekends she often explores South Louisiana with her kids. She enjoys cooking, eating, practicing embroidery, tap dancing, pub quiz, reading and crossword puzzles. And if you happen to meet with her on Zoom, you’ll most likely also meet her feline best friends, Gus and Abner.